Natural Resource Mismanagement

Hab 2:17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them. (ESV)

War is a terrible thing. Far more is destroyed by a moving army than people. The military campaigns of Babylon struck across a wide. After conquering the Assyrians, the Babylonians came southward into Lebanon and Samaria before approaching Jerusalem. In the process of moving and sustaining their armies they consumed vast amounts of resources. They would have butchered untold amounts of livestock as well as wild and even domestic animals. The great cedars of Lebanon were a critical resource for building material as well as firewood. From the judgment of Hab 2:17 we should take note of God’s concern for what we do to nature as well as each other. God has blessed the earth with tremendous resources which are intended to be used. These resources are not, however, intended to be wasted or simply destroyed for the pleasure of it. God gave Adam instructions to take care of creation – not to pluck the wings off of flies just for the fun of it, so to speak.


About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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